October 2011

Follow Up: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move On (from the Readers)

On Wednesday, I asked the SPI community to share their answers to a very important question, a question that most entrepreneurs come across at least once during their journey: How do you know when it's time to move on? Nearly 100 comments came in and I must say, I'm very impressed with the knowledge and [...]

Ask the Reader: How Do You Know When It’s Time to Move On?

When I wrote about my failures last week, my intention was to show you that failing is perfectly normal and if you dig deep enough into any success story, it will be a journey full of failures and mistakes. One thing I didn't touch on much, however, was the idea of knowing when to move [...]

How 9,900 Exact Match Searches Equate to $1,500 Per Month

As most of you know, last year I publicly built a niche site from scratch that is now ranking #1 in Google for the target keyword "security guard training" and is consistently making about $1500.00 a month. You can read all about how I found this niche and built the site on The Niche Site Duel [...]

Pat FAIL: My Past Business Ideas That Didn’t Work out so Well

I've had a lot of success online, but I've probably had even more failures - and I'm very thankful for each and every one of them. Without my failures, I would not be where I'm at today. As Winston Churchill once said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." It's [...]

SPI 027: How to Harness the Power of Social Proof Online

In this session of the Smart Passive Income Podcast, I talk about social proof, what it is, why it's extremely important and what we can do online to really take advantage of this incredibly powerful marketing idea. You'll hear me talk about all different types of social proof and some exact strategies that you can implement right now. In [...]

What I’m Reading and Who I’m in Love With Right Now

Every once and a while I like to feature posts from other bloggers that I've been reading lately. There is SO MUCH awesome content out there, it's unbelievable - so instead of reading something from me today, please choose one or two of the articles below from people who I'm pretty much in love with [...]

Traffic Isn’t Everything—What You Need to Know about Conversions and Click-Through Rates

I've been in hardcore "video mode" lately as I'm in the middle of creating content for a new product, so I thought I'd bring some of that energy to the blog and mix things up a bit by posting a video instead of a normal post or podcast. I had a ton of fun shooting [...]

My September 2011 Monthly Income Report

Welcome to my September 2011 monthly report! Every month I write a detailed report about my online businesses. I do this not only to help me keep track of my progress, but also to show you what's working for me, and what's not. In my monthly reports I always include an extremely detailed breakdown of the [...]

My First Public Speaking Experience at the Financial Blogger Conference 2011

"There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave." — Dale Carnegie This past weekend I attended the 1st ever Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago and had the privilege and honor of being invited to give a presentation to the 250 [...]